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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 08:11am Aug 6, 2001 EST (#7760
Ted Postol : http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/roguestate/interviews/postol.htm
So why did scientists at the BMDO go along with
such a disguise?
Well, I'm not aware of any scientists at the BMDO
myself. I mean I never met anybody at the BMDO that I would call a
scientist. I know scientists who are involved in Missile Defence
activities - some of them are even my friends, although I don't
admit to it in public, but nobody at the main office appears to
know anything about either science or engineering. It seems to be
a big public relations activity.
How big a step was it for you, Ted, to write that
letter to the White House when you evaluated the information?
Well, I felt the like the last person manning a
machine gun in a pass where you knew that you had to hold the line
because you're retreating, colleagues need the time to regroup to
defend themselves because I didn't want to do it but I felt I had
to and it turned out not to be as difficult a thing for me as I
had expected it to be, it was not at all like the experience I had
ten years ago when I raised questions about Patriot. It turned out
my credibility was so high probably because of the past experience
with Patriot that people immediately accepted what I said and I
was able to expand on the issues and help people understand it in
greater detail rather than trying to convince people that I knew
what I was talking about. So it was not a difficult thing after
the initial decision to write.
- 12:11pm Aug 6, 2001 EST (#7761
Better to build bridges for peace than missiles for war. Why not
begin the long, laborious and difficult path of negotiating treaties
for peace with our world neighbors rather than rattling sabers and
and turning our our atmosphere into a battleground? The answer is
simple. A leadership with a limited and backward vision only sees
potential enemies rather than potential friends. Our long and
involved tragedy of human history suggests that, after all is said
and done, we are still members of the human race and must share our
common boundary; spaceship earth
- 06:17pm Aug 6, 2001 EST (#7762
Symbol artist says - represents man in dispare with arms
downwards. Japan 6-Aug: lunarchick
- 08:28pm Aug 6, 2001 EST (#7763
Report re USA clamping down on China via trade wrt their selling
missile parts to Pakistan: http://www.washtimes.com/national/20010806-27607248.htm
- 08:08am Aug 7, 2001 EST (#7764
Back. Had a good trip, talked to some impressive, effective
- 05:00pm Aug 7, 2001 EST (#7765
This is insane. "Insane" being defined as doing the same thing
again and again expecting different results. (1) The technology
isn't there. The "promising" results have been rigged over and over
again. They've had to put homing beacons on the dummy missles so
they'll get hit. This defense, this idea, DOESN'T WORK! Even if it
did work, (2) we don't have any "enemies" that have long-range
missles to strike at us with. Russia? Certainly not. China? It isn't
an enemy, and it doesn't want to be. Mexico? Hmmm, yes, that's the
one we need to worry about! (3) It has long been believed by the
military that any of our "enemies" are striking using terrorist
tactics, like the Trade Towers and Oklahoma City. It would be so
much easier to float a missle on a barge up the Mississippi and
strike from within the nations defense bubble, rendering it useless.
And back to the first idea, the "insane" topic. In the 1980's we
credited Regan with outspending the Russians in an arms race,
eventually leading to their fall as a power. Now that the borders
are open we have discovered the arms race was being run on only one
side of the Atlantic, ours. The Russians had not increased their
defense budget since 1973, long before this 'race' was signaled to
begin. It was just as then as it is now, another excuse to reap
billions of dollars off government defense contracts by the
already-rich-from-the-contra-and-gulf-wars patrons. I repeat, have
the results since we began marking history EVER been different with
regards to war?
- 05:22pm Aug 7, 2001 EST (#7766
Good to see you back on board Showalter - not yet firing on all
Read a disturbing article, Oz daily newspaper,
re North Korea.
Seems that State (NK) treats folks as slaves.
It's re-paying debt to Russia via 'NK slave labourers' working
in camps on the Russian Mainland.
Okay with Russian Admin - but
Disturbing to local Russians who captured an escapee
handed him back ..
only to see him immediately 'shot
before their eyes ..
leaving the local population
reluctant to now return escapees.
There are problems here
regarding the Human Rights
of the regular-irregular NKn.
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